Using the Skill Editor to Create or Edit Skills
*The skill editor is accessible only with the proper permissions. Check with a company administrator to request access.
It is recommended that access to the skill editor is provided with caution and adequate training is provided to ensure the correct usage of this feature.
To access the skill editor, navigate to Admin -> Protocol -> Skills
- Protocol Selector. Drop down list. Select the Ad Hoc and Custom protocol when adding new skills OR a protocol developed by the company.
- Select the domain from the Ad-hoc protocol. New domains can be added by navigating to Domains under the Protocol section in admin.
- This is the assessment type. Existing skills may have teaching and assessment options but when creating a new skill, select "Teaching Only"
- Skill ID is a unique set of letters and numbers. You can just use the skill name without spaces or any code, but it must be unique to the skill. No skill in the system can have the same Skill ID.
- Title is the actual skill name and will be what others search for when trying to locate the skill. It will appear on graphs and reports as the title.
- Not required. Can be the same as the skill name but allows additional characters. The description usually is the overall goal of the skill.
- Only 1 score type can be the default. Commonly used are Prompt Fade (number and type of prompts), Task Analysis, or Accuracy (percentage).
- As of 11/7/16, this is required only because it's a bug in the system that should be fixed soon. Any date will work to fill this requirement. Will soon be hidden and not a required field.
- Use the Star icon to create standard SDs. A pop up box will appear where you can type in the items or items can copy & pasted. Add more than one at a time by adding a return between items. They will save in the same order you add them so they don't need to be numbered.
- Click the + here to expand the Prompt option window (not shown). Once the box opens, select the prompt types that are applicable to that skill. Prompt delay and types are defaults in the system, though most users choose only Prompt Type options. Choose the prompt options that are applicable to the skill then press select. If partial or faded prompt options are needed, change the “Can Fade?” value to True by clicking on the check mark once they're added.
Note: Custom prompts can be created under the Admin ->Protocol -> Skill Prompts
- Valid score types is optional. Do this only if you want to add a Prompt Fade score type option to an accuracy skill or an accuracy option for a prompt fade skill. You cannot make add an option for a skill to be Task Analysis if it is Prompt Fade or Accuracy and you cannot add an option for a Task Analysis skill to be Prompt Fade or Accuracy.
- The Mastery Recommendation Criteria will automatically fill in the default criteria. The number of skill targets is for Accuracy or Prompt Fade skills only. It is the number of targets required to recommend mastery for the entire skill. The other criteria is related to target mastery. It is the percentage, across number of observers (therapists or teachers), over number of days.
- Use this for Task Analysis Skills Only. Click on the Star to add new steps. In the pop up box, just like in the SD's, you can add multiple steps at once by typing or copy/paste but use a return between steps. They will add to the skill in the order you enter them so the step numbers are not required unless you want the numbers to be part of the step.
- Add targets if the default score type is Prompt Fade or Accuracy. Use it similarly to the SD or TA Steps field. All of the Target/SD/Presentation field have a maximum character length of 520 characters. You can add them 1 at a time if you prefer. They do not need to be added all at once. If any are entered in error, you can adjust the order, spelling, or even inactivate (rather than delete) after they're added.
- Presentation, again, works just like the SD/TA Steps/Target fields.
- Save the skill. After the skill saves, the annotate bubble will appear. Use the annotate option to add all of the information into a teaching tip.
- Click on Annotate.
- Click "New".
- Paste or type in all applicable teaching information- examples include mastery criteria, teaching strategies, comments, etc. At the bottom of the screen select "Teaching Tip" instead of general comment. When done, save.
When using the skill editor, keep these things in mind:
- Making edits to a skill changes the skill in the system. Any patient or student that is utilizing a skill will be subject to changes made.
- Creating or editing targets, presentations, Sds or TA steps through the skill editor will make those items standard in the system, allowing all patients and students to view those items. Never use a patient or student’s personal information when editing or creating a skill through the skill editor.
- A new skill should only be added to a protocol that was created by the company. All Pathfinder users have an Ad-hoc and Custom protocol in which they can add skills. Some customers may have developed their own protocols which have been loaded into their system, these protocols may also have skills added to them. A skill should not be added to a copyrighted protocol (ex: VB-MAPP, Vineland II, ABLLS-R, etc.).
- A skill that is a Task Analysis skill will not have targets, presentations or SDs. It will only have Task Analysis Steps that are standard. Similarly, a skill that is a Task Analysis cannot have any alternative Score Type options.
- A skill with the default score type of Accuracy, Prompt Fade or Pivotal Response can have alternate score types selected under the “Valid Score Types” option. It may not have a score type of Task Analysis applied to it.
- Searching to see if a skill already exists before creating a new skill will prevent duplication of skills and help eliminate confusion as to which skill should be selected when creating goal plans for patients and students.
- Any questions about using the skill editor can be directed to our customer success team by calling 877-972-8434 opt. 2 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.